Every time I think that I no longer have a lot of Bee Blocks to make, I’m befuddled by the number that I continue to make! I swear that I’ve had to leave bees or they have ended…and yet, here I am with a great number of blocks to make each month. Yes, I’m befuddled. Could I have possibly over-committed myself? Who? Me?
In short. Yes. LOL.
But once again, I promise that the load is getting lighter. This month was the very last month for our Pretty in Pink bee. A whole year of making blocks with a focus on pink. And let me tell you…after 24 or so blocks…pink doesn’t always look so pretty. 😉 It was really fun to work with all of the fabrics and see what the members chose, but I think that I’m done with 12-month bees that focus on one color. I’m too color spastic for that. But I did get my pretty blocks for my Neapolitan Dreams Quilt!
So, my very last block was for the very patient Sabrina who was the last month up! She gave us some precut fabric and just asked us to make flying geese pinwheel blocks.
Then (I’m going in reverse order of what I’ve made) I made two blocks for the newest bee I am a part of, do. Good Stitches. This is a charity bee and we make two blocks a month with all of our own fabrics. I’m just a worker bee in this bee. Which means that I only have to make blocks. I don’t have to design a quilt or piece together everyone else’s blocks. So far, I can handle that much. I think that it’s really important to use the gifts that we are given for others…so this is my little way of doing something concrete.
We did two awesome blocks using a free-form technique that I’ve been wanting to try for a long time. Arajane wrote up this tutorial based on a pattern in the Last Minute Patchwork Gifts Book.
The blocks are 6.5″ x 24.5″ and I’m totally in love with them. I can envision all kinds of things…but I think the most fun idea I had when I saw these and made them was to use them as the border for a future quilt. If anyone does that let me know! I think it would be so cool!
We had a very specific color palette but this would be beautiful in any number of color combinations!
I can’t wait to see what she does with all the blocks! I have no idea what her plan is for the quilt. lol. Oh, it’s good not to be in charge!
My favorite shot!
Can you handle more? Because I’ve made more! That’s why it’s been (gasp!) 3 whole days since I blogged! I was actually getting some sewing done. 😉
For one of the VIBee blocks this March (we’re doubled up for a couple of months here…it’s killing me!), Katie sent us some yummy innocent crush and a grey solid to work with. She wanted any kind of star block. Well you know I’ve done a few star blocks before. 😉 So I wanted to try the spinning star in this softer color palette. It’s pretty but definitely harder to see the star details. But it’s going to be a yummy quilt!
an artsy shot. 😉
can we handle it? Or should I do another post? I think I’ll do another post. There are three more… We’ll have a part two tomorrow. the girlie is mad that I’m not paying attention to her. 😉 And we can’t have that! So more bee blocks tomorrow..or the day after. Because tomorrow is the official Mardi Gras day…we might have to do a tribute!
16 thoughts on “Bee Blocks Galore!”
I'm in love with my star block, Angela! I've gone back to Flickr to look at it 4 or 5 times. I'm glad you've overcommitted yourself 🙂
Your spinning star block is gorgeous!! May I ask the source of the pattern? I'd love to try this block!
My, you have been busy! Love the spinning star! Look forward to seeing the next instalment.
The spinning star is gorgeous! I have yet to receive my fabrics – I'll have to put my thinking cap on now that you've started off with such a stellar star!
Yes, that spinning star is totally awesome. I'm completely star struck!
You do amazing piece work, all your points point and you have extra room to sew the next block on and not lose the point…awesome!!!
i really love the spinning star block. i've been looking, but can't seem to find a pattern. where did you find yours?
That spinning star is very cool – and I don't think I've ever seen that one before. Is there a tutorial somewhere?
Ditto on the spinning star. Will you teach us?
the star is fabulous! well done!
They are all awesome, but yeah, the star block is incredible. Well done!
The Star is absolutely gorgeous, and I'm not even a fan of AMH usually … just beautiful!
We like that you overcommit when you bring us such beautiful blocks 🙂
SO lovely! I would lurv a pattern link as well!
I have seen your spinning (Ohio) star, with the hexie in the centre, popping up all around the place! Do you use or follow a pattern? Is it your own design? I would love to make one of these for my modern sampler quilt!
Angela–Like some many who commented before me, I'd love to know if the Spinning Star is your own creation or if there is a tutorial some where out there? It is just gorgeous.
It is my own creation and I still have not managed to find the right time to publish it. But it's definitely on my list!!